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4 bedroom detached house for sale
Churnet Grange, Cheddleton, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 7EP
- Splendid period country home
- 4 beds.4 baths & guest suite
- 3 reception rooms
- Farmhouse kitchen & Aga
- Approx.1.5acres, outbuildings
Cheddleton is a village in the Staffordshire Moorlands, just to the South of the historic market town of Leek. This traditional village is served by a handful of shops, a Post Office, 3 public houses (The Boat Inn, The Black Lion and The Red Lion) and two churches. Churnet Grange is one of the principal houses in the area and lies on the edge of the village at the head of a long gated driveway atop a wooded hill with views over the Churnet valley below and the surrounding countryside. The Churnet valley, regarded as 'Staffordshire's hidden valley' has a charming Victorian steam railway which is enthusiastically supported and extends for about 5 miles. The thriving town of Leek is about 10 minutes drive away and has a wide range of amenities while Newcastle and Stoke on Trent offer large town facilities. Access to the M6 and the A50 are an easy drive and offer commuters access to commercial centres to the East and West of the Pennines.
Churnet Grange was originally a large 16th Century country house which was rebuilt in the late 1800's as a gentleman's residence. The original ice house and an outbuilding now used as a gym with an adjoining garage/store room remain as links with the 16th Century property. The present house has undergone considerable restoration to create a home for the 21st century yet it retains the grandeur and character of a home built by craftsmen to a bespoke standard with a wealth of leaded and stained glass, Minton tiles floors, panelling and very generously proportioned rooms. Period features abound and the extensive gardens, driveway and woodland extend to about 1.6 acres. These include the main Southerly facing gardens to the front with a former tennis court to a lower lawn area, a large deck area, and stone terraces to the immediate front and rear which provide super barbeque areas during the summer months. The driveway leading up from Station Road initially serves neighbouring properties but then belongs exclusively to Churnet Grange while providing secondary access to the neighbouring farm and cottage. There are video controlled access gates at the top of the drive and a large turning/parking area. This is a unique home with manageable and secure family accommodation in a private, elevated setting and will appeal to those requiring privacy without being isolated.
The striking entrance hall is a period delight with Minton tiled floors and exquisite leaded and stained glass windows, timber turned mullions and a gothic arched entrance to the impressive main hall. The Minton tiled floor continues and extends to the rear of the grand staircase where there is a cloakroom with a w.c. Of the three principal reception rooms the library is not the largest room but is probably the most exceptional. With full height panelling surrounding leaded and stained glass windows as beautiful as those in the entrance hall. The deep bay window overlooks the gardens and has original shutters whilst the period fireplace has a wonderful cherubic frieze surround. A door leads to the dining room with further double doors from the hall. A deep bay window with garden views, ceiling mouldings and a large Victorian fireplace add a sense of occasion to any meal taken in this room which is over 23' in length and has double doors opening off to the drawing room. This too has wonderful proportions and typically, high ceilings with mouldings, a large Victorian fireplace and a side bay window. French doors open off to the large Victorian style conservatory with a pair of French doors opening to the gardens. A rear hall gives access to the rear gardens and to the working areas of the house including a cloakroom and a utility room. The farmhouse style kitchen has a range of bespoke cupboards in pine with barley twist features, a dresser unit, integrated appliances and an Aga. The informal dining/sitting area has a wood-burning stove and double French doors to the rear garden and courtyard area. A second doorway gives personal access from the entrance hall.
The landing has a gothic timber screen and is on two levels with the upper landing giving access to the three main bedrooms and the lower to the house bathroom and the guest suite. The master bedroom lies above the dining room and has similar proportions plus a balcony with double doors and super views over the gardens. A dressing room has been created and is custom fitted with a range of oak door cupboards and opens to the well appointed en-suite bathroom with matching oak furniture. The second and third bedrooms also overlook the gardens to the front although bedroom three in addition has a side bay with views over woodland. Both these bedroom share a shower room off the main landing. Off the lower landing the guest bedroom has an en-suite shower room and there is a family bathroom with a floral suite.
The former ice house has been converted to create additional guest accommodation with the privacy a separate detached building offers. This lies across the rear courtyard garden and has an en-suite shower room while below, with separate access, is a vaulted wine cellar. A range of further stores lie to the west of the rear gardens and are attached to the main house. The gym/games room forms part of the stone built buildings and has a laminate floor. Adjoining this is a superbly appointed guest lodge with a lounge/dining area, en-suite bathroom and kitchen with a bedroom to the rear and there is a newly built double garage with an electric remote roller style door and a side courtesy door.
From Leek take the A520 South for about 2.8 miles turning left onto Station Road. Continue for about half a mile and take the driveway off to the left signposted to the nursing home. Continue up this driveway up the hill to the left and the gates to Churnet Grange will be facing you.